Significant Life Lessons

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Throughout the momentous storyline of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, father of Scout and her brother Jem, establishes himself as an honorable and eloquent individual. As a result of living a long life with plentiful escapades, he has gained a vast amount of knowledge that is passed on to his children at various points in the story. This makes it a very valuable book that is full of significant life lessons. One of these precious statements is, “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” I find this quote to be accurate, solely for the reason that no human can completely understand and relate to any other unless they have an encounter with the experiences and occurrences that those who are different…show more content…
During Tom Robinson’s trial, Mayella recalls the supposed acts of “rape” that Robinson commits on page 241, “I said come here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I ‘gotta nickel for you. He ‘coulda done it easy enough, so he come up in the yard and I went in the house to get the nickel and I turned around and ‘fore I knew it, he was on me. I chunked me on the floor and choked me and took advantage of me.” This was the testimony that led to the court and judge’s verdict of Tom Robinson being guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. Unfortunately, due to Tom’s social ranking and skin color, it was extremely unlikely that his account of what had occurred would be taken into consideration at all by Judge Taylor or the jury. This caused the majority of Maycomb County, especially those in the courtroom during Robinson’s trial to rally against him. Even though rape did not occur, physical contact was made, and Tom Robinson had been caught up in an “impossible situation” as Atticus had phrased it. What Mayella had done was considered a violation of Black- White relations, and there was no right way he could react. Not only that, but Tom had been oppressed and discriminated against his entire life, causing great anguish and trauma, which would give him another reason to be inclined to lash out at another person. If Judge Taylor and the jury were receptive to these truths, they would then be able to see through Tom’s eyes and experience his suffering, thus allowing them to show empathy for Tom, a black man in an extremely misguided Southern county, plagued with racism and false
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